Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

Hennessy and Harvard President Call for Passage of DREAM Act

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Stanford president John Hennessy and Harvard president Drew Faust have penned an op-ed in Politico calling on Congress to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The law would allow undocumented students who meet certain requirements to be allowed to obtain temporary citizen status so they can get student visas, work in the US, or join the military. The Senate will likely vote on the DREAM Act today.

Hennessy and Faust write:

The DREAM Act would throw a lifeline to thousands of promising students, part of our communities, who, through no fault of their own, face uncertain futures due to their lack of immigration status.

Read the whole op-ed here.

California Politics: There’s Something About Primary (Season)

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I already explained that the governor’s race in California was ridiculous. Twice, in fact. Yet the state, which is in the middle of an unfathomably bad budget crisis (bad enough that advocacy groups are having to sue the state…twice, in fact), never fails to entertain. A few more tidbits of politics that could only come from the Golden State as the primaries inch closer (June 8th):

Blogger-cum-candidate Mickey Kaus challenged Democratic Senate incumbent Barbara Boxer to a debate as he tries to challenger her in the primary. And she didn’t show up, so he debated the closest thing he could find: a cardboard box. No word yet as to who won, though analysts thought her positions were rough around the edges.

Mickey Kaus debates Barbara Box, err...

Heterosexual-cum-homosexual Roy Ashburn–whose flip flop was chronicled earlier on TUSB–has now decided that, now that he’s acknowledged that he’s gay, gay people should, you know, have the same rights. Funny how that works.

And we cannot forget the Republican gubernatorial primary between Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman. In case you haven’t been following, here’s a quick recap of the last few weeks: Whitman threatened to pull a Nixon on Poizner and release incriminating tapes of him saying liberal things. Poizner attacked Whitman for using the Internet as it is supposed to be used: for porn. Whitman received the Dick endorsement. Poizner cut the lead to single digits. They both swung way right on immigration in the 37% Hispanic state. Poizner gave a town hall meeting for middle schoolers. And with only a week left before the primary, both are spending oodles of money to try and win the election.

If there’s one thing we can pick up from their campaigns, it’s that either way, you’re going to get a Republican candidate that’s secretly a liberal and wants to raise taxes. Hey, maybe 2010 won’t be so bad for Democrats…

Show Me Your Papers!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you’ve probably heard about the new immigration bill passed in Arizona. It’s being referred to as the toughest measure against illegal immigration yet. The law allows police offers to ask a person for their documents if they have “reasonable suspicion” that that person is an illegal alien. Racial profiling much?  Jon Stewart has put his two cents in on the law. Immigration is obviously a much debated issue throughout the rest of the country as well. Tim James, a gubernatorial candidate in the state of Alabama, has made it a significant part of his platform, too:

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Note the heartfelt musical accompaniment, his reflective glance toward the ground before asking if it makes sense to you, and his declaration that “This is Alabama. We speak English”. I thought that it was a parody of some kind.

As for the Arizona issue, it will continue to be the subject of heated debate. A number of rights groups have criticized the law. Police Officer Martin H. Escobar of Tucson is pursuing a lawsuit, citing that there are no means of identifying the immigration status of individuals without using race-based criteria. In any event, it’s a hot issue that we should definitely keep up with.